Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Hundreds of people have given their lives to Christ through baptism following an evangelism program hosted by the Central Papua Conference.
Our church authority was the Pope and our doctrine was from the catechism. I had no idea of the Bible and never read a Bible in my life. I didn’t know the truth.
Tasmanian Conference president Pastor Gary Webster, who heads up the South Pacific Division’s Institute for Public Evangelism, conducted the program. He preached for three weeks on the theme “Ancient Mysteries Reveal The Future” at the Hohola Adventist church in Port Moresby.
The preaching was uplinked via satellite to more than 230 sites across the conference and televised on Click TV. Thousands of Click TV subscribers watched the program in the comfort of their homes in PNG and other places in the Pacific. The messages brought hope and motivation for change in young and old, among believers, non-believers and many other people from different walks of life.
Pastor Cameron Wari conducts a baptism.
Pastors have been busy conducting baptisms since the program ended on March 26. At least 800 people have been baptised so far with more baptisms to take place later this year. Among those baptised were prominent leaders and believers from other denominations, high profile community figures, former Adventists, couples, families and students.
Darei Romaki, officer-in-charge of the Manabo coconut plantation, had been attending the United church but was convicted by the Holy Spirit after listening to the Sabbath message.
Alex Aia Apana, a former Catholic catechist (doctrine teacher), also joined the growing number of new believers when he was baptised at the Hohola church. “I looked after 1500 people in my church at Babiko village,” he said. “Our church authority was the Pope and our doctrine was from the catechism. I had no idea of the Bible and never read a Bible in my life. I didn’t know the truth.”
A mother hugs her son following his baptism.
Pastor Webster said he had been greatly blessed by his time in PNG. “When you share the Word of God you are enriched,” he said.
Conference president Pastor Kove Tau thanked Pastor Webster and everyone involved in ensuring the program was a success. A follow-up program is scheduled for June when Pastor Webster will return to Port Moresby and speak about the seven seals in the book of Revelation.